‘We are not moved by Khupe’s rented crowd’

MDC-T Bulawayo provincial leaders yesterday said they would not lose sleep over the 600 party activists who attended embattled deputy president Thokozani Khupe’s rally on Sunday, describing the gathering as a rented crowd.

BY SILAS NKALA

Khupe, who has refused to recognise the recent appointment of Nelson Chamisa as substantive party leader, on Sunday held her own rally at the Ampitheatre Hall in Bulawayo to counter an MDC Alliance rally held in Gweru on the same date.

Provincial spokesperson Felix Magalela Sibanda said the MDC-T Bulawayo province had been vindicated that Khupe had a rented crowd composed of apostolic sects, civic society organisations, and dubious or bogus political parties.

“These bogus political parties had tribal solidarity which is counteroffensive, counterproductive and retrogressive to say the least. Instead of uniting with other likeminded political parties, Khupe has chosen to work with reactionaries. The irony is that Khupe is anti-MDC Alliance, but chose to work with dubious and tribal groupings,” he said.

“We, as MDC-T, are calling on our members to be steadfast and be peaceful and continue with registration as voters and adhere to the party constitution and all party resolutions.”

Sibanda said the MDC-T was ready to work with all progressive institutions and stakeholders, but would not embrace Khupe’s Zanu PF philosophy of divide and rule.

In her address, Khupe said she was on a mission to fulfil the late party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s unfinished business of economically liberating the country.

“As we speak, Zimbabweans are currently going through untold suffering with more than 80% of the population living in abject poverty, misery and destitution. The majority of the people are living on less than $1 per day in a country which is endowed with enormous mineral resources and yet there is nothing to show that we are a rich country,” Khupe said.

“As an MDC government, we have a plan. A plan that will ensure that every Zimbabwean has a better life. A plan which has six key areas: First and foremost we want to change the governance culture. The Constitution must be respected and implemented to the letter and spirit in which it was written. We want to uproot the cancer which is corruption that has destroyed the social fabric of society.”

She also said they would work on institutional reforms to ensure that the security sector and government departments stick to their mandate in accordance with the Constitution.


“Devolution, as clearly provided for in the supreme law of the land, must be immediately implemented… We also call for the genuine respect of all our traditional leadership institutions such as chiefs, headmen and kraal heads,” she said.

“We strongly condemn what happened on March 3, 2018 where the government stopped the installation of his royal highness Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo. Thirdly, infrastructure development needs to be prioritised.”

Turning to the internal party squabbles, where she is fighting with Chamisa over party leadership, Khupe said the unfolding events were against the values and principles of the party.

She accused party leaders of discriminating against women who constitute 54% of the voting population.

“We will not be silenced by violence or threats of violence. Personally, I will not stop fighting for the emancipation of women,” she said.
Khupe’s rally was attended by activists from Mthwakazi Republic Party and People’s Rainbow Coalition members, among other opposition and civic groups in Bulawayo.

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  1. ”She accused party leaders of discriminating against women who constitute 54% of the voting population.“We will not be silenced by violence or threats of violence. Personally, I will not stop fighting for the emancipation of women,” she said.
    Khupe’s rally was attended by activists from Mthwakazi Republic Party and People’s Rainbow Coalition members, among other opposition and civic groups in Bulawayo

  2. So you thought your hatred towards other sex which is a creation of God will make you win an election. The 54% women you are referring to are not as foolish as you are Madan to think that you can divide the united people against tribal and gender grounds. You joined politics not to be pitied over. So you think among those who endorsed Chamisa there were no women. Tiitirei mushe vana Thoko. Hasha unodziwanza instead of reason. Which legacy of Tsvangirai are you talking about. You now want to talk about a man you failed to respect as your leader when he was alive. Please leave MT alone to rest. Ndatenda

  3. Khupe stopped attending MDC-T meetings when Tsvangirayi was still alive. No surprise that she has continued on the same path. She is ant-MDC alliance. But what she has buried her political career by what she has done. She should have accepted defeat and resolved to fight another day. Chamisa was unexpectedly defeated by Mwonzora at the last congress but did not quit the party, but he is now the party boss. A politician need not make myopic decisions. She will regret what she has done.

    Nelson Chamisa wechidiki. Tinoda Nelson Chamisa wechidiki.

    ED was defeated by Chebundo twice in Kwekwe Central National Assembly elections can be beaten again by Chamisa. ED is also a gukurahundist.

  4. so when when Khupe holds a rally the crowd is rented when its chamisa then they are all his supporters. when zanu pf beat up opposition you call it a violent but MDC youths attack Khupe you say they were planted by CIO. wake up guys from the sleep of denial

    1. They are hypocrites these MDC goons

    2. ndini ndamubata

      hahahahah very funny denial yei…we have thousands and will not lose sleep over a few hundred lunatics and idiots such as the shameless obert gutu

      1. gutu is a lawyer by proffesion.and he is right to defend the costitution

  5. Common sense will show you Kupe and her team were the culprits responsible for their own violence. I say so because those who are non violent have decided to take the legal rout and guess what those who are used to arrogate power to themselves have even resisted a clear court order. If they can do that to an order by a competent judge, what about mere part carders who may have come to question their actions or to find common ground.

    1. What common sense are you talking about? MDC is and has always been a violent party and you know it. Because of your blind following you are pretending as if you dont know that your party just like ZANU PF has degrees in violence

    2. Zimbabwe has always been a tribal country and there is only one reason why Khupe was not chosen as a MDC leader because she is Ndebele

      1. Please note , there is no person who is a true Shona and the same goes for Ndebele but these were just names created to confuse us the people of this country.

  6. It is so embarrassing for Khupe to claim that she is furthering the work of Tsvangirai when she knows very well Tsvangirai was moving with the MDC Alliance which she is against. I am sure Tsvangirai is turning with anger in his grave when Khupe mentions his name. Shame on you madam Khupe

  7. Madam Khupe she right we can not continue to oppress women due to our patriarch tendencies, MDC T its known of its culture of violence since 1999.

  8. what legal route when they fail to follow a simple constitutional doc

    don’t be naive

    1. ndini ndamubata

      do you even have a copy of the constitution you are referring to you idiot.

    2. Tiudzewo kuti Constitution inoti kudii,usanyepere kuziva coz tokunyadzisa iwe manje manje

    3. uri benzi une copy ye constitution here iwe, wakamboiverenga here? don’t make unsubstantiated claims on media. kana pasina zvaunoziva keep your beak shut you moron. where in the constitustion pasina kutevedzerwa?

  9. Ignorance is very cancerous once it is exhibited it is had to to correct. Mafa you a very ignorant person.It is well known that,MDC-T is gang of violent people since time immemorial. Just before Khupe’s attack it was Mangoma. Mangoma tried to have Tsvangirai to shield him but Tsvangirai throw him to the vultures which teared Magoma’s shirt into tarters Biti had to leave by the back door. What did Tsvangirai do nothing. Khupe also had it not been the presence of the police she could be six feet under ground. What did Chamisa do nothing. Now that Khupe has decide to go her own way why pocking your nose into her affairs. what You said is as good as being violent and you are fermenting violence because your part has always using to stop those who do not toll the line. If you say the crowd which was there was a tribal outing, are you not being tribalist yourself ,how did you come out with that. Mafa solve your violent issues within your violent party and stop dangling tribal card were it does not exist. What type of a learder are you. you are a disgrace. Bulawayo does not deserve such tribal leaders like you. who at every turn you see a tribe not people. Nha

    1. Chamisa is not a policeman. Police were there in their thousands when Kuphe was attacked in Buhera why did they not arrest the culprits. Siyanai na Chamisa. Kuphe long left MDC and I dont see why she is now seeking attention left right and centre in the name of being a woman and a Ndebele. Sisukele lapha wena ndlovukazi yomthengisi

  10. @pjalo.its the new MDC under the foolish boy leadership that is violent and unconstitutional. the old original one under the late Morgan had principal and respect for people’s rights,of all tribes and gender.

    MDC shouldn’t be surprised to lose a voters this coming election.I’ve been voting since 2008 for MDC but currently I may be on the verge of jumping ship,not yet sure to which one,but time will tell

    1. Gara wajamba ship, yo vote is insigficant coz a lot mo are jumping in, just check Chamisa rallies, these are pple who come on their own.
      Politics is about clout and numbers.

      1. I read that people who had been bused or gonyeted from Mberengwa and Gokwe were stranded in Gweru. So Chamisa now has adopted Zanu Pf style of bringing people from all over the country to boost numbers. The majority are even recycled from one rally to another, especially the hooligans just to hoodwink people into thinking that he has support. If you consider that 3 parties brought together their supporters and bused people from all over Midlands but still failed to fill up the stadium to an extent that they abandoned the rally pictures and resorted to using one taken from Tsvangirai and Khupe’s rallies for media, then theses guys don’t have the support they claim to have. just noisy hooligans from Harare.

  11. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. The unprecedented death of Morgan Tsvangirai left a blank cheque in the leadership of his party and the entire MDC alliance. The much publicized agreement between the late leader and Chamisa on the former’s deathbed is humanly contestable as the party operates under a constitution. Why should we crucify people on gender and /or tribal basis? Only a special congress can sort out this mess and make any other constitutional amendments if necessary. All willing contenders should be free to contest as long as they qualify. Chamisa is likely to carry the day but justice must be seen to be done. Let us avoid witch-hunt and use facts. Success is so near but yet so far. Your competitors are thriving big out of this opposition impasse. Although a foreign cock does not crow in a foreign country, ignore this message from the wilderness at your own peril. I rest my case!

  12. tendai chaminuka

    Maturity at its best not this talk of bullet trains.This advocate who caused the loss of jobs to many without any compensation and still hallucinates that he leads a labour party is a joke.Since the inception of MDC people have become more jobless and you wonder what the major objective of this party is.Rented crowd! my foot.

    1. Nyoni kaMathselela

      Heyi bantu. Hini singabhali ngesiNdebele kumbe ngesiShona ukwenzel’ ukuthi esikutshoyo kuzwakale; njengoba kusobala ukuthi vele isikiwa lesi elizama ukubhala ngaso siyalehlula, sicine singezwa lokuthi lizama ukuthini. Siyavunyelwa phela isiNdebele kumbe isiShona kulele phepha

    2. Nyoni kaMathselela

      Heyi bantu. Hini singabhali ngesiNdebele kumbe ngesiShona ukwenzel’ ukuthi esikutshoyo kuzwakale; njengoba kusobala ukuthi vele isikiwa lesi elizama ukubhala ngaso siyalehlula, sicine singezwa lokuthi lizama ukuthini. Siyavunyelwa phela isiNdebele kumbe isiShona kuleli phepha

    3. ndini ndamubata

      unopenga, get your facts right, the guy was an intern, sitted quitely in court n besides the law had to be followed as it is…tinoita zve basa zvinotaura mutemo…ana tendai chaminuka munotorwarao henyu ne brain hapana chozikanwa

      1. tendai chaminuka

        @ndini ndamubata ko tatukana here kana kuti ipfungwa dzasiyana.You have a violent and supremist mind yekuti ndakadzidza but kudzidza kwako kunenge kwa Chamisa na Mugabe which is full of sound and fury but signifies nothing.

      2. Usanetsane nana Chaminuka ava ,asi haumuzive, politics hadzizikanwi.

  13. Tirikukuhonai Hedu

    #chamisahasmyvote
    vanorwadziwa naChamisa I am sorry doctors and nurses are on strike – saka munogona kuzosvika pakufa nekurwadziwa. Kurumidzai kuona light guys. Khupe stop lying about trying to represent women and talk about your power hungry. Wake up and see that Chamisa commands the majority. Porai faster guys otherwise muri patight – kune strike uko

    1. Kkkkkkk, true that ,Chamisa is a hurricane, i dont know y pple are so blind to that fact, svinurai hama.

  14. What common sense are you talking about? MDC is and has always been a violent party and you know it. Because of your blind following you are pretending as if you dont know that your party just like ZANU PF has degrees in violence

    1. ndini ndamubata

      hatirege kuku mamisai

  15. Khupe is now saying nice things about tsvangirai yet everybody knows that she had cut ties with him when he was still alive. She is now a regional politician playing the tribal card. Ndebele people are smart people. They analyse issues. They dont just support you because you are ndebele. My question to khupe: When are you going to address rallies in masvingo, harare and mashonaland?

  16. Double standard! What is good for the goose is good for the gander. The unprecedented death of Morgan Tsvangirai left a blank cheque in the leadership of his party and the entire Alliance. If we are not economical with the truth, signing an agreement with the late MDC-T leader on his deathbed does not automatically qualify Chamisa to wish away Khupe’s point the party constitution overrides everything. Let us not ignore people on tribal and /or gender basis. Chamisa may carry the day but justice must also be seen to be done. Let us call for a special congress and invite all willing contenders to contest in a free and fair exercise. Why should we allow our competitors to thrive out of the opposition impasse? Let us not jump before the gun lest we perish together as fools. Although a foreign cock does not crow in a foreign country, ignore this voice from the wilderness at your own peril.

  17. Keep on fighting you morons hahaha….Pasinemhanduuuu

  18. Pakaipa

  19. 2018 !!! Chamisa chete chete paState House pfeeeee

    1. hakuna arikupindapo,kana save vakakundikana,ivo vachifungakuti ndovachapinda,bodo hazvigoni pasina makhupe,its onother g.n.u.

    2. mdctsvangirai chete chete pastate house pfeeee nemapfupa asave achamuka

  20. Ka makazvitarisawo Khupe unofunga kuti unovhoterwa nani.She must work up to reality.

    1. tendai chaminuka

      @Solilo ko kuti azoita Vice President of the MDC T was she ordained like Chamisa.She was elected constitutionally

    2. i wll vote fo her too from mutare

    3. we wll vote fo her pa 5million achatowanawo kamillion kake

    4. unganidzawo wako kana uchigona.plus this was mature crowd not tuma youthtuno baswa tusinga vote

  21. Mukarwadziwa naChamisa hamupori. But one thing I know, kuti by the day Chamisa gets into power everyone who is hating him now achatanga kumufarira coz naiyewo anenge aakufamba nemota, achidya zvaanoda, mari uchiiwana mubank anytime nepanze pacho, road dzakagadzirwa pasina potholes, asingaperekedzwi ku airport semurwere, imba uchiwaka yaunoda, basa uchisarudza raunoda,hembe uchichinjanisa sepaJoza, I mean you guys will start to sing praise songs but chinokutadzisai izvezve ndechekuti ngozi nemweya yetsvina yezanu zvakakumomoterai zvekuti you cant see the truth, the only game in town which is the MDC Alliance. I wonder kuti chacho chamunoda kuZanu ikoko chii chaizvo, chawanokupai kusvika pakurova mai wako chii kana isiri nzara nekutambura kunonyadzisa kusvikira nyika yedu yavechiseko chakadaro. Foolish Zimboz wake up guys zvavanodya havadye nemi ava.

    1. mdct chete chete alliance ndeyana biti ne welsh

  22. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader

    Khuphe is nonsense , ASIFUNI BUMBULU

    1. who are you calling her nonsense?fuck you dog.its me from mutare

    2. pfutseke ndiwe nonsense shamwari hatisikuzo pinza vana biti mu power isu ve kwamutare.forget.isu hatiuye ku ma rally asi tinoenda kuno voter.mdctsvangirai ndizvozvo

  23. Truth being tolled Kupe was never elected but rather served at the pleasure of Tsvangirai who had good intent of trying to balance power between genda and tribal lines. That’s why her post was never contested. It was a decision of the same national council which has anointed the other two deputies as well as the incumbent Nelson Chamisa as it substantive president pending congress. Verify these facts if you so wish

    1. You are lying. She was elected the same way with Tsvangirai. You seem not to have anything between your ears and think we all like that.

  24. Is there anyone who is close to Kuphe who can whisper into her ear that she should stop digging further because her political grave is now deep enough. (Ndabezinhle)

    1. Whisper that to the MDC-T. Their grave is too deep. Why do you think this boy is not firing Khupe. Wake up mfowethu. Her lose is theirs too. Donors are holding them by their shrunken balls. They cant fire her and she is not going anywhere.

  25. Chipangano chauya

    zanu paid up agents r here to coz confusion tangai mapedza namugabe,gamatox,weevils under mutinhiri and poverty mozotaura isu vechidiki totoda kukumamisai nekudestroya our generation

  26. She is not going anyway indeed, and we shall make it pretty sure that if she falls she shall fall with mdct. No Khupe no vote. Kasifuni bumbulu. sesikhatele nge nketha betshabi. If chamisa’s supporters see Khupe as a dessident, what will stop Chamisa from unleashing second Gukurahundi to finish the mother of dessidents and her supporters?

  27. Mzwazwa warwadziwaka nechokwadi chakadai. Its you who seems to have nothing between your two ears. kikiki. Tsvangirai was endorsed by provinces but for Kupe it is a fact that her position was never contested otherwise she could have kissed the political dust bin a long long time ago had it not been that MT was protecting her. His intentions were good until she decided to grow big headed forgetting that the same master had already seen her true colors.

  28. pamberi na khuphe!don’t surrender to evil madam

    we are behind u

  29. Khamisa khamisa … Matabeleland is infested with dissidents.. see you ku ballot box.

    1. What will 20 % of the vote do to the 80 % who will vote for Chamisa.

  30. @rosa.
    ungumgodoyi uyezwa!

  31. Khupe will likely go with Matabeleland main land no matter how much elements fr the same region wishing to score personal ventas with her may claim.It is unlikely the matabeleland electorate will listen to Chamisa’s woodwinking rhetoric of promoting the lagging behind matabeleland when ndebeles are openly segregated

  32. Things are simply not adding up There – In one read Komichi says highly respected lawyers,clerics and business people sent to negotiate with MaKHUPE, here we hear that MaKHUPE is a non-entity who only has rented crowds. MUCHANZWA BUTTER GORE RINO NA’ED’

  33. It was reported that Khupe met Mugabe and she did not deny it.Now we hear she is having an alliance with Mujuru who also met with Mujuru.This may be the Mugabe-Mutinhiri-Khupe axis of evil

  34. @Njabul… U are primitive… u are like your Khamisa.

  35. Newsday is an MDC alliance mouthpiece yesterday they published 2013 Rudhaka rally photo which they said it was Gweru rally. Its a shame to you and your party. You are not an independent media house but you are a private media house serving the interests of Trevor Ncube

    1. Oh so you say @Jinda re Zanu (PF)….and the so-called State newspapers? or State radio stations and their endless propaganda?

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